High Yield Market Update
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The past week was marked by a return of risk aversion due to the increase in COVID-19 contamination in Asia, and more specifically in India. However, macroeconomic data remained positive, notably unemployment figures in the US and PMIs in Europe.
On the central bank front, the ECB unsurprisingly left its key rates unchanged and stressed that it remains ready to adjust its purchase programmes to prevent an unwarranted tightening of financial conditions. Against this backdrop, the major equity indices declined with the Euro Stoxx 50 and the S&P 500 posting declines of -0.5% and -0.1% respectively. Despite a slight spread widening (+2bps), the Global High Yield index posted a stable performance over the period.
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